The Event at Rebecca Farm was among the handful of events fortunate enough to run in 2020, but it looked a lot different than usual. On a typical year, the destination event in Montana’s gorgeous Flathead Valley, hosts upwards of 600 competitors and thousands of spectators; last year it ran without spectators, limited entries to 300, and forfeited its usual FEI and three-day divisions, instead hosting only national divisions, to comply with social distancing guidelines.
On July 21-25, 2021, Rebecca Farm will return to form, running at full-strength for competitors and spectators alike. Adding to the celebratory atmosphere, this year marks the 20th anniversary of The Event at Rebecca Farm.
“We are so excited to be able to celebrate the 20th anniversary of this amazing community event in person and back at full capacity,” said Lorraine Clarno, President of the Kalispell Chamber of Commerce.
The event will host Novice through Intermediate horse trials divisions, Novice and Training 3DE divisions and CCI2*-L, CCI3*-L and CCI4*-S/L divisions. Entries are open and the closing date is July 6 — here’s a link to its calendar listing.
The community always turns out en masse to enjoy the event, and Rebecca Farm will once again welcome them to enjoy the Kid Zone, Pony Up! horsemanship experience, shopping fair and food trucks. The experience has been curated to have something for everyone from art, jewelry, and decor, to face painting, mini golf, ice cream and cold local brews.
The Event is free for all spectators, and a $10 parking donation is encouraged that benefits the charitable initiative Halt Cancer at X, which was established in memory of Event founder Rebecca Broussard. Annually, Montana Equestrian Events, through Halt Cancer at X, provides grants to a national research project seeking a cure for breast cancer and to local nonprofits providing support services to cancer patients and survivors.
Complying with the USEF and state guidelines regarding Covid-19, the outdoor event will be open to the public. Event organizers ask that those not fully vaccinated against Covid-19 wear a mask and socially distance themselves while in enclosed areas.
“Volunteering is a unique way to experience The Event — volunteers get an up-close look at all the action and are treated like family. That’s what keeps them coming back year after year — they have a great time, meet new friends and enjoy giving back,” said Event Organizer Sarah Broussard. “I’m so grateful to the hundreds of people who generously donate their time — we truly couldn’t do it without them.”
Visit The Event at Rebecca Farm website here.